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Business Profile: Cold Spring General Store, Cold Spring

Business Profile: Cold Spring General Store, Cold Spring

When Craig and Deanna Muraszewski thought about opening their own business, they both knew it had to be a store the two of them would be interested in shopping at if they were the customer, rather than the business owner. That included organic foods locally sourced and artisan goods for uses around the home. “Things […]

Caldas Named New Prez of PHC, Enjoying the Start of his Tenure

Caldas Named New Prez of PHC, Enjoying the Start of his Tenure

James Caldas will be the first to tell you he’s not too familiar with Putnam County. A native of Long Island, Caldas, the new president of Putnam Hospital Center (PHC) has been acclimating to not just his new job at a new hospital, but working in a region he knew very little about before taking […]

Business Profile: Den of Vapors, Carmel

Business Profile: Den of Vapors, Carmel

When Jeff Avitabile quit smoking tobacco products, he hardly noticed. A committed smoker for 20 years, Avitabile knew it was harmful to his body, but it still wasn’t enough to convince him to permanently quit. But one day, he was going hunting with friends and didn’t want to bring cigarettes with him because of the […]

Verdict Reached in Hossu Trial: Not Guilty on All Charges

Verdict Reached in Hossu Trial: Not Guilty on All Charges

After reaching the fourth day of deliberations, the jury in the Alexandru Hossu rape trial found Hossu not guilty on all charges Thursday morning. At roughly 10:45 a.m., the jury came out and acquitted Hossu of two charges each of 1st degree and 2nd degree rape and one count of child endangerment in a trial that pitted […]

Residents, County Officials Brainstorm Future for Tilly Foster

Residents, County Officials Brainstorm Future for Tilly Foster

The discussion for the future of Tilly Foster Farm continued last week, as concerned residents teamed with Putnam County officials to cultivate ideas for the county owned farm. The county held the second public forum for the farm last Thursday afternoon, giving residents the chance to once again voice their opinion as to what direction […]

Business Profile: Carmel Bagel Deli ...licious, Carmel

Business Profile: Carmel Bagel Deli …licious, Carmel

As his business was quickly approaching its 10-year anniversary, owner Kevin Stenger decided to look back and add up how many bagels the shop has sold during that time span. The answer Stenger reached was startling. Since he opened the bagel shop has made, and served, a little more than 5 million bagels. This past […]

Benedict Arnold's Wife Gets a Novel

Benedict Arnold’s Wife Gets a Novel

By Tom Auchterlonie  When Allison Pataki and her mother were walking along a trail called Arnold’s Flight, she came across a marker that included a portrait and brief description of the famous traitor’s wife, Peggy Shippen Arnold. This encounter at the trail, which is located in Putnam County and is the path that Benedict Arnold […]

As Heroin Use Rises, Forum Looks to Tackle Major Problem

As Heroin Use Rises, Forum Looks to Tackle Major Problem

By Janine Bowen With heroin use rampant in Westchester and Putnam Counties over the past few years, Phoenix House, a rehabilitation center in Shrub Oak, partnered with Drug Crisis in Our Backyard to host a forum on how to tackle this difficult trend. “The USA is facing the worst drug epidemic in its history. In […]

Fifth Day of Hossu Trial has Victim Face Defense

Fifth Day of Hossu Trial has Victim Face Defense

On the stand for the third straight day, the girl who alleged Alexandru Hossu of rape finally faced questioning from the defense, which tried to shoot holes in her accusation. Though lead defense attorney for Hossu, Daniel Mentzer started cross-examining the teenage accuser Wednesday, he didn’t get into the brunt of the questioning until Thursday […]

Hossu Rape Case Goes into Fourth Day

Hossu Rape Case Goes into Fourth Day

By David Propper and Janine Bowen In the fourth day of the Alexandru Hossu rape trial, a recorded phone conversation between the accuser and Hossu was played for the jury, in which Hossu categorically denied assaulting her. The conversation was recorded by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and took place on March 13, 2013. During […]

Carmel Students Gear Up for "Legally Blonde-The Musical"

Carmel Students Gear Up for “Legally Blonde-The Musical”

Since the first day back from Winter Break of this school year, dozens of students have been rehearsing for the musical Carmel High School puts on every year. Now, less than a week away, those students are finally ready to open the curtain based on a movie from the 21st century. Carmel High School Music […]

Talks of Preventing Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies Reignited

Talks of Preventing Tobacco Sales in Pharmacies Reignited

After striking down a law that would prevent tobacco sales in pharmacy stores within Putnam County last year, the legislature is revisiting the possibility. The Health, Social, Education, and Environmental Committee revisited the idea at its March 11 meeting, with Legislator Ginny Nacerino asking the topic to be brought up again. Nacerino, who actually voted […]

Hossu Trial Begins in Putnam County

Hossu Trial Begins in Putnam County

After months of anticipation, the rape case against Alexandru Hossu began Thursday morning with opening statements, as a Westchester County prosecutor described how Hossu twice raped a 13-year-old girl, while the defense claimed there isn’t a shred of evidence to prove Hossu’s guilt. Westchester County Assistant District Attorney Fredric Green said in his opening statement the victim, who lives in […]

Business Profile: Brewster Flower Garden, Brewster

Business Profile: Brewster Flower Garden, Brewster

Mark Buzzetto knew it was time to take a leap of faith. When Buzzetto was in his mid-20s, he was working for a flower shop down in Mount Kisco. Employed by a friend who owned the flower shop in the village, Buzzetto was young, but as time went on he learned all about the florist […]

Journal News and Putnam County in Court Over Pistol Permit Information

Journal News and Putnam County in Court Over Pistol Permit Information

In the first round of a legal battle between Putnam County and The Journal News, a New York State Supreme Court Justice ordered the county to turn over pistol permit records to the Gannett owned publication. But the county isn’t finished with its fight just yet. In an interview with County Clerk Dennis Sant, who […]

Brewster Church Denied Opportunity to Expand Parking

Brewster Church Denied Opportunity to Expand Parking

The Village of Brewster struck down a request from St. Lawrence O’Toole Church to have additional parking spots on its property. The Village Board of Trustees voted 5-0 to deny a request for a Waiver of Moratorium from the Catholic Church last Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) that would have allowed the church to add 15-18 more […]

Eight Men Out: Mahopac District Suspends Eight Students After Racist Tweets

Eight Men Out: Mahopac District Suspends Eight Students After Racist Tweets

Eight students from the Mahopac school district had been suspended as of last Friday for racist tweets, leaving the school community under attack and on the defensive. In an interview Friday afternoon, Superintendent Thomas Manko said after a thorough investigation, it was determined that eight students directed inappropriate and racist tweets towards the Mount Vernon […]

Eight Mahopac Students Now Suspended After Tense Basketball Game

Eight Mahopac Students Now Suspended After Tense Basketball Game

The Mahopac school district has now suspended eight students following accusations of racist taunts and other inappropriate behavior at a Feb. 27 boys basketball game between Mahopac and Mt. Vernon high schools, Mahopac Superintendent Thomas Manko confirmed Friday afternoon. Manko said after an internal investigation provided the necessary evidence, the district determined those students deserved […]

Business Profile: Iron Horse Sports And Fitness Complex

Business Profile: Iron Horse Sports And Fitness Complex

Everyday Tim O’Keefe has his own personal, adult playground to go to. That’s not surprising though, considering O’Keefe wakes up every morning and goes to work at his business, Iron Horse Sports & Fitness Complex in Mahopac. The former college baseball athlete starts and ends everyday hitting 100 pitches from a pitching machine. “I always […]

Carmel School Officials: Budget Facing Major Cuts

Carmel School Officials: Budget Facing Major Cuts

In the Carmel school district, budget season has arrived and it’s one that could result in cuts across the board. During a Feb. 25 Board of Education meeting, district officials outlined a possible budget for next school year that would keep Carmel schools under the allowable tax cap mandated by New York State. During a […]

Carmel Resident Arrested on Wednesday

Carmel Resident Arrested on Wednesday

A Carmel resident who is a veteran teacher in Westchester County has been accused of taking school funds she had no permission to touch. Dorothy Lepore, 41, of General MacArthur Drive in Carmel was arraigned Wednesday on one count of third-degree larceny, which is a felony and was released without bail. The math teacher at […]

Fatal Crash in High School Claims Mahopac Alum’s Life

Fatal Crash in High School Claims Mahopac Alum’s Life

A Mahopac High School graduate’s life was cut short late last Friday after he crashed his car into his former high school, leaving the Mahopac community in shock and mourning. At about 11:26 on Feb. 21, 19-year-old David Diachenko crashed his 1990 BMW into the side of Mahopac High School, after the vehicle appeared to […]

Patterson Holds Public Hearing About Putnam Lake Park District

Patterson Holds Public Hearing About Putnam Lake Park District

While a public hearing on the Putnam Lake Park District only brought a few comments, the Patterson Town Board opted to keep the hearing open for its next meeting. Last Wednesday, the town board heard comments about a local law change; with the major change being how many residents can sit on the advisory board […]

Ball’s Take on Illegal Immigrant ID Cards Stirs Controversy

Ball’s Take on Illegal Immigrant ID Cards Stirs Controversy

New York State Sen. and Republican Greg Ball came under fire last week from politicians on the other side of the aisle for a statement he issued about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to provide identification cards to immigrants who enter the country illegally. Last Wednesday, Ball in a statement said the […]

Business of the Week: Mike and Joe’s Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta, Mahopac

Business of the Week: Mike and Joe’s Wood Fired Pizza and Pasta, Mahopac

When he moved to Mahopac in August, Anton Vuli didn’t want to just live in Putnam County. He wanted to do more in order to be part of the surrounding community. For him, that meant opening up his own business in the community, one that is a short walk from his house. And in January, […]

Ball Wants Cop Killers in Jail for Life in New York

Ball Wants Cop Killers in Jail for Life in New York

With an old case of a murdered cop coming back into the spotlight, Republican state senator Greg Ball is calling for legislation in New York that would prevent parole for any convicted felon who murders a law enforcement official. Ball, in a press release in late January, referenced to the parole hearing of Joseph Comfort, […]

“Year of the Senior” Underway in Putnam County

“Year of the Senior” Underway in Putnam County

Pointing to her grandmother as the inspiration behind it, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell officially kicked off the “Year of the Senior” last Wednesday during a luncheon event that brought hundreds of senior citizens together. Odell welcomed more than 300 senior citizens to the Putnam County Golf Course as she declared 2014 to be one […]

Hayworth Ready for Rematch Against Maloney

Hayworth Ready for Rematch Against Maloney

She might have lost two years ago, but that isn’t stopping Nan Hayworth from making another run at the 18th congressional seat against incumbent Sean Maloney. Hayworth, a former congresswoman for the 19th district before the voting lines were redrawn, stated in an email to supporters she’s officially kicking off her campaign this Sunday. “I’ve […]

David Bruen, First County Executive Dead at 84

David Bruen, First County Executive Dead at 84

David Bruen, Putnam’s first county executive and the man who oversaw the transformation of county government to what it is today, died last Saturday at the age of 84. Colleagues and friends remembered Bruen, the only Democrat to hold the office of county executive, as a leader who was the right man for the job when Putnam changed from a six-member […]

Business Profile: Bryant Pond Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Mahopac

Business Profile: Bryant Pond Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Mahopac

  Artie Divila will be the first to tell customers, he’s no expert when it comes to dry cleaning and washing laundry. Not yet anyway. But with just enough knowledge in the industry and through efficient management, Divila has found a way to run a successful business called Bryant Pond Laundry and Dry Cleaning and […]